Periodontal Disease/Gum Disease
Infected gums are nothing to laugh about. In fact, they could cause you to lose your teeth! Fortunately, catching gum disease early can help us to take steps to treat it before you get to that point.
This is the earliest and most easily corrected stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is the inflammation along the gumlines, usually caused by inadequate brushing and flossing.
As gingivitis goes untreated, the bacteria and swelling begin to creep deeper into the gum “pockets” surrounding your teeth. This causes the tissues to detach, making them even deeper and destroying bone structure at the same time.
A deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) is recommended to fully clean the areas of all bacteria or tartar, so that we can prevent any further damage from taking place.
Periolase Laser Gum Treatments
Instead of needing surgery, Periolase can be used in conjunction with your deep cleaning to help regrow healthy gum tissue. The safe laser works by removing the bacteria that cause gum disease, creating a sterile environment that heals far more quickly.
It’s Linked to Significant Health Problems
Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. Scientific research has shown that active gum disease significantly increases your risk of problems like diabetes, difficulty conceiving, premature labor, heart disease, and even pneumonia. The list is pretty long!
Causes of Gum Infections
While genetics can predispose some people to developing gum disease, it isn’t the only factor. In most cases, healthy individuals can prevent the infection by thoroughly brushing and flossing their teeth each day, along with scheduling a preventive cleaning every six months with their dentist.
At Shoreline Dental Care, we offer comprehensive gum disease treatments (including laser therapy) so that you can treat periodontitis without being referred out to a periodontal specialist. Our offices in Milford and West Haven are happy to help – just give us a call!